October 20, 2009

Stick with me, eventually there's a give-away!!

If you've been snooping around the farm very long, you may have discovered my love for all things Jane Austen. I've read Pride & Prejudice once a year (at least) for the past 6 or 7 years...one year I read it three times. I own all of her novels, including the unfinished ones & the little known Lady Susan (so funny).

I tend to watch every movie ever made from her works...with the exception of Mansfield Park. (Really, why can Hollywood & the BBC not leave poor Fanny Price as she was written? She was not an outstanding feminist, she was not an aspiring writer...she was a morally upright young woman who looked boring next to her less than virtuous counterpart, Mary Crawford.) I have my favorite actors for each character....while Greer Garson was charming, I prefer Keira Knightly for making Lizzy seem more like someone you'd want to spend a girls' night out with. My favorite Mr.Bennett is Donald Sutherland, Mrs.Bennett-Mary Boland, Lady Catherine -Edna May Oliver, Mr.Bingley-Simon Woods.....and so on.

In short, I adore all things Miss Austen. I've even branched out into the world of not-quite-Austen with books & films like The Jane Austen Book Club, Bride & Prejudice (thank you, Bollywood), Lost in Austen (BBC), Bridget Jones's Diary, and Twilight (yes, there are some serious P&P undertones in Twilight). So when I saw Pride & Prejudice & Zombies on the book shelf at Wal-Mart, I couldn't resist...even though I rarely purchase books. I knew one of two things would happen, I'd revel in the silliness & adore it, or it would infuriate me. Either way, I couldn't pass it up, after all, parody is the sincerest form of flattery.

It was fantastic! The author took the original novel & tossed in zombies, ninjas, blood, brains, and sword wielding Bennett sisters. I laughed until my abs hurt.

I immediately became a fan of the novel & the publisher on Facebook. That's when I found out the publisher, Quirk Classics were planning more novels on the same thread. Next up? Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I was excited, but honestly, not as sure about this one. Still, when it was available, I picked it up.

I think S&S&SM may have been even better than P&P&Z. Who knew the Dashwood sisters lived in constant peril from the denizens of the sea?

If you've stuck through this post to this point, you deserve a treat. Here it is: The First Ever Memoirs of a FarmWife Bloggy Give-Away!!! You read that right, Farmies. I'm going to give away something. More specifically, I'm going to give away a copy of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters. You see, I won a copy on a Facebook contest a few weeks back (I'd like to tell you more, but that won't work with my whole anonymity thing I've got going on here) and since I already have a copy (that's at QM's house for you to read first, Art), I'm going to give this one to one lucky Memoirs reader.

Here's what I need you to do....Post a comment & spread the word. I was going to contrive a contest of sorts, but since this is my first give-away, I've decided to skip the work & head straight to the prize. Leave me a comment (on this post, please) and spread the word a bit...Blog, Twitter, Facebook, email, text message, town crier, what ever floats your boat. I'll give you a week; Monday night I will draw a name out of a hat (or some such thing) and that reader will get their very own copy of Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters.

On your mark, get set, GO!

Oh, and if this goes well, maybe I give away more Quirk Classics as they become available.


Mama Brown said...

Oooo a giveaway...I'm in!!! I love that you only announced it at the end. I've read Pride and Prejudice and have seen the BBC 6 hour version. Enjoyed them both very much. Haven't read much else in the Jane Austen series...I know, my loss. However, you have peaked my interest!

Anonymous said...

Dear Future Cousin Farmwife,

I adore J.A. as much as you do and right now I'm writing a SENIOR HONORS THESIS on Austen. Don't you think that deserves SOME sort of prize? Please pick me!

Future cousin of the farm wife (aka astarrynight)

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmmmm... Because I might or might not read the book in question, the decision was made to merely make a comment and NOT enter the contest. Ok..Here it comes...I enjoy your blogging column. Keep it up. Oh, please, send to book in question to another soul this time. I may enter one of your contests or drawings some day, but NOT today.

Brando said...

Cool I almost bought this at Wal-mart the other day. Maybe I will win.

HelpMeRhonda said...

As an English teacher, I am both intrigued and horrified, but count me in, cuz!

Staci said...

I tried to read P&P&Z and wasn't in the right mood for it. It's returned to my to-be-read pile. I'd love to add S&S&SM...

Staci said...

BTW - did you read Austenland? I think you'd like it.